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' awaiting trial' to stir soweto back to life

By unknown | Sep 11, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The Uncle Tom Hall in Orlando West, Soweto, will come alive again when the play Awaiting Trial is staged on September 13.

Written by Fiki Mhlambi and directed by Velaphi Mthimkhulu. The show is a once-off performance.

Awaiting Trial, which premiered at this year's Grahamstown Arts Festival, is about three guys who are in purgatory awaiting trial.

Itboasts talented actors such as Velaphi Mthimkhulu, Chilly-boy Nkabinde, Zwelibanzi Nyembe, Alpheus Chimpelo, Katlego Magopela and Desmond Mokoena.

Story line: One of two guys, Chilly-boy Nkabinde, who has spent 12 years awaiting trial ends up committing suicide. He used to be a notorious criminal who robbed banks and killed innocent people.

Alpheus Chimpelo, who dies on his birthday, spent nine years awaiting trial.

He used to be regarded as the greatest soldier the country had ever produced.

Desmond Mokoena, who spent just a day in purgatory, died of Aids several months after committing adultery with his neighbour, a prostitute.

The play takes the audience through the life and times of the three guys, how they lived and how they attained their professions in just two days.

Mhlambi says: "The play teaches people about tolerance and respect. It again shows us how the two live in purgatory each day.

"They are always ill-treated by the angels of death, who happen to be women working for God. They had also been ill-treated by men on earth. The three guys have rules that they have to follow in whatever they do.

"What is fascinating about the story is that their trial is conducted by a selfish prosecutor and magistrate. He is standing in for God since He is not available.

"Chilly-boy and Alpheus are not given their sentences and are forced to continue waiting for trial. Desmond, who only arrived the previous day, is granted access to heaven."

The entry fee is R10 and the show starts at 12pm.


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